Indonesian Independence Day

Every year on the 17th August, Indonesian’s across the archipelago celebrate their national day of independence. This year will officially mark Indonesia’s 61st year of freedom. In Bali the celebration are cheerful and radiate a carefree atmosphere across the entire island. School children and government workers enjoy a public holiday and join the community activities in their neighbourhood. Many locals even make a concerted effort to attend nationalistic flag ceremonies that take place early morning in offices and learning institutes.


Casa Padma Hotel & SuitesCasa Padma Hotel & Suites
Jl. Yudistira (Padma),, 80361
Legian, Bali - Indonesia

Casa Padma Hotel is located in the center of Padma Street just minutes walk from the beach, entertainment, shopping and 10 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Casa Padma Hotel is a touch of Mediterranean with all the home comforts you expect from a three star international hotel with four star quality. Casa Padma Hotel is closed temporary until further notice...USD74 USD 27 (May 30 - Jun 30)

The Cakra BaliThe Cakra Bali Three Star
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 28,, 80237
Sanur, Bali - Indonesia

The Cakra Bali is set within a secluded location, away from the hustle bustle, but close to Denpasar - the capital city of Bali. The Cakra Bali, a unique traditional ethnic hotel with modern comfort, offers excellent access to all attractions of this island of Gods...IDR437100 IDR 386200 (Nov 16 - Dec 22)

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Bali Travel News

Indonesian exit tax spoils visa-free policy
Aug 14, 2006

The ASEAN visa-free pact signed recently means nothing if Indonesians still have to pay an exit tax of Rp 1 million (US$110) to travel, a Jakarta Post reader has complained. Commenting on an article that hailed the agreement as a boon for tourism, Adriani Dutika Ikawati said: “The hopes expressed in the article will mislead readers here because of the exit tax policy imposed by the Indonesian government.”“The Indonesian government should revoke the exit tax for visits within ASEAN countries immediately,” the reader wrote. Quoting an example of an attractive Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur return fare of Rp 800,000, she said “people had to think twice before buying the ticket”. “The tax is higher than the price of a budget airline ticket.”

Poland to open honorary consulate in Bali
Aug 11, 2006

Poland plans to open an honorary consulate on Indonesia's resort island Bali to look after the interests of the Poles visiting the island, an envoy said Friday. Polish Ambassador to Indonesia Tomasz Lukaszuk said the new office is expected to start working in December or in 2007 at the latest. An honorary consul, who is expected to be a native Balinese, will be appointed soon, the ambassador was quoted by the Antara news agency as saying during a visit to Bali. The number of Polish tourists visiting Indonesia is around 4, 000 a year with 90 percent opting to visit Bali.

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Hotel Press Releases

Novotel Yogyakarta
Jl. Jend. Sudirman 89, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta - Indonesia

Reopening Novotel Yogyakarta

Warmest greeting from Novotel Yogyakarta,

Taking this opportunity, we are proudly to inform you that after being renovated Novotel Yogyakarta is ready to welcome you with new modern & dynamic atmosphere.

The 200 rooms and suites of Novotel Yogyakarta have all been renovated and will provide the guests with excellent services and facilities. Wooden floor and new color scheme of interior are part of the new look with an addition of free Wifi connection in all Deluxe and Executive Rooms.

Starting on 14 August 2006, we open for reservation and please contact us for further assistance.

Thank you for your kind attention and we are waiting for the great opportunity to welcome you with a warm and friendly hospitality to ensure that we will meet your expectation.

Sofitel Seminyak Bali
Jl. Abimanyu,, 80361, Seminyak, Bali - Indonesia

Cuisine With The Flavours Of Thai And South East Asia At Husk Restaurant

The fresh, seasonal cuisine, the elegant and comfortable surrounds of the dining room, the charm of the garden courtyard, the courteous and impeccable service. Husk Restauant is a modern Thai Restaurant that provides an innovative, stylish and affordable product and the atmosphere is typical to modern Bali.

The concept is a family style of eating with 60 seats, where each dish is best shared and tasted by the whole table. The restaurant opens at 6.00pmand last orders are taken at 10.30pm.

This open-air restaurant features an open kitchen and an alang-alang roof in the true Balinese Style set around the sunset view over Seminyak Beach.

Husk Restaurant provides food and drinks that sets new standards in quality, innovation and value. The menu although leaning towards Thai, is composed from a variety of countries and regions in South East Asia.

We use only the finest of raw products from Australia and local organic farms to create fresh, lively and traditional dishes. The food is hearty and warming, varying from simple picked salads, to stir-fries, curries and whole fish. We are bringing street hawker food to a restaurant level.

Sofitel Seminyak Bali’s acclaimed “HUSK Restaurant” recently walk away with top honours, named Best Restaurant in Bali for 2005 by BaliEats Restaurant Review. The BaliEats website ( the one of busiest in its category ranked seventh by Hitwise Australia in the food and wine – restaurants and catering category.

Husk Restaurant also acclaimed as one of Indonesia’s Best Restaurants for is exceptional cuisine and services a featured in Indonesia’s Best Restaurant 2006 by Indonesia Tatler.

Ove Sandstrom, the General Manager expressed his satisfaction and mentioned “ The commitment to using fresh products and an innovative approach had given us the 2 top awards”.

As an international benchmark in French Art de Vivre, Sofitel is a natural ambassador of culture and the “Arte de la Table”. Of all the palettes of experiences offered to Sofitel guests, authentic pleasures of the palate are understandably high on the list of unforgettable memories.

Like modern France itself, where are for time-honored heritage is informed by contemporary quality, Sofitel’s culinary offerings continually draw inspiration from new sources, while applying the exacting savoir-faire passed on by successive generations of talented artisans.

Sofitel Seminyak Bali
Abimanyu Street - Seminyak, Bali.

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